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Dining in Scottsdale.  Dining in Phoenix
RESTAURANTS & DINING RATINGS SCALE AT SCOTTSDALE ROAD.COM

SR RATED RESTAURANTS & DINING ESTABLISHMENTS

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Spotted Donkey (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in N. Scottsdale (Carefree)

34505 N. Scottsdale Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85266

(480) 488-3358

  • Points of Interest:

-  casual atmosphere, patio dining at the Boulders Resort

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking on site

  • Atmosphere Rating: Very casual/comfortable/great patio

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: laid back, bright atmosphere

  • Service/Server/Bartender Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Chips & Salsa (appetizer) below average/overpriced

-  Sonoran Quesadilla (appetizer) average/overpriced

-  Tacos Especial (entree) average/overpriced

Street-Style Enchiladas (entree) average/overpriced

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  House Margarita Tequila (below average)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$$ (overpriced)

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!  Spotted Donkey is average at best.  We found it to be overpriced and would not recommend it.  Dine at your own risk.  The only bright spot was the wonderful service!

Overall Rating 2.2

 2.1

2.7

1.1

2.2

 4.3

1.0

NO

NO

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Isabella's Kitchen (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in N. Scottsdale (Grayhawk)

8623 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy.

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 502-3100

  • Points of Interest:

-  casual, comfortable dining, amazing patio dining

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking on site/valet available

  • Atmosphere Rating: Very casual/comfortable/great patio

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: laid back/casual, a lively scene!

  • Service/Server/Bartender Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Crisp Calamari (appetizer) average

-  Meatballs & Polenta (appetizer) good

-  Crispy Brussels Sprouts (appetizer) average

8" Pepperoni Pizza (appetizer) average

-  Grilled Salmon (entree) good

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Casamigo Blanco Tequila (very good)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!  Isabella's Kitchen an amazing outdoor dining experience (on the golf course), and worth a try!

Overall Rating 3.8

 4.2

3.7

3.6

4.4

 3.3

3.5

YES

NO

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Zookz Sandwhiches (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in Central Phoenix

3164 E. Camelback Road

Phoenix, AZ 85016

(602) 825-1912

  • Points of Interest:

-  casual, comfortable dining, comfortable patio dining

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking within the shopping center

  • Atmosphere Rating: Very casual/great patio

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: no frills/laid back/casual

  • Service/Server/Bartender Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Turkey Zooks Sandwich #20 (entree) excellent

-  Potato Salad (side) excellent

-  Cookie (side) excellent

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Not applicable (N/A)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

  • Click this link to learn the Zookz story

Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!  Zookz Sandwhiches is one of the best sandwiches we've ever had- IT'S HOT!

Overall Rating 4.5

 4.4

4.6

N/A

4.4

 4.7

4.6

YES

NO

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The VIG (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in N. Scottsdale

10199 E. Bell Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85260

(480) 935-2949

  • Points of Interest:

-  casual, comfortable dining, comfortable patio dining

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking at the shopping center

  • Atmosphere Rating: Very casual/comfortable/great patio

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: laid back/casual with live music!

  • Service/Server/Bartender Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Crisp Calamari (appetizer) average

-  Hummus Plate (appetizer) average

-  Chicken Wings (appetizer) average

-  Chicken Under a Brick (entree) average

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Don Julio Anejo Tequila (very good)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!  The VIG great patio, and worth a try!

Overall Rating 3.6

 4.2

2.8

3.8

4.0

 3.7

3.6

NEUTRAL

YES

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Sophia's Kitchen (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in N. Scottsdale

7001 N. Scottsdale Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85253

(480) 922-3470

  • Points of Interest:

-  casual, comfortable bar dining, comfortable patio dining

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking at the shopping center

  • Atmosphere Rating: Very casual/comfortable

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: laid back/casual with live music!

  • Service/Server/Bartender Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  The Cured Meat Board (appetizer) very good

-  Hummus (appetizer) good

-  Homemade Meatballs (appetizer) very good

-  Cubano Panini (entree) very good

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  All wines are by selection (very good)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!  Terroir Wine Pub it's fun, and IT'S HOT!

Overall Rating 4.1

 4.2

4.0

 4.2

4.0

 4.0

4.2

YES

NO

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Sophia's Kitchen (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in N. Scottsdale

17050 N. Thompson Peak Pkwy.

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 351-7160

  • Points of Interest:

-  casual, comfortable dining room, spectacular patio dining

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking right up front

  • Atmosphere Rating: Very casual/comfortable

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: laid back/casual/relaxed

  • Service/Server/Bartender Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Crispy Ravioli (appetizer) very good

-  Meatballs (appetizer) excellent

-  Fritto Misto (appetizer) very good

-  Lazy Lasagna (entree) excellent

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Casamigos Tequila/Rocks & Lime (very good)

Hahn Pinot Noir (very good)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!  Sophia's Kitchen - Wonderful Italian!

Overall Rating 4.2

 4.2

4.3

 4.2

4.0

 4.2

4.1

YES

YES

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Ocotillo Restaurant  (rating scale of 1 - 5)

  • Located in Central Phoenix:

3243 N. 3rd Street

Phoenix, AZ 85012

(480) 400-8888

  • Points of Interest: Located near the thriving Phoenix Scene

  • Ease of Access/Parking: ample parking available

  • Atmosphere Rating (casual/classy dining):                  

  • Atmosphere Rating /Vibe (casual, lively & energetic):             

  • Service/Server Rating:  

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:             

-  Ahi Tuna (appetizer) excellent

-  Yellow Endive Baby Arugula Salad (appetizer) very good

-  Charred Octopus (appetizer) excellent

Wood-Fired Beef Ribs (entree) very good

Roasted Halibut (entree) excellent

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Windmere Pinot Noir (very good)

  • Cost of Dining/value: $$$$$

  • Reservations Yes/No/Not Necessary:

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!  Octotillo Restaurant, casual dining at its best - IT'S HOT!

 

4.2

 4.2

 4.3

 3.9

 4.1

 3.7

YES

YES

Overall Rating 4.1

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Chelsea's Kitchen (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in trendy Arcadia

5040 N. 40th Street

Phoenix, AZ 85018

(602) 957-2555

  • Points of Interest:

-  casual, comfortable dining room, spectacular bar and patio dining

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking right up front

  • Atmosphere Rating: Very casual/comfortable

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: Upbeat/casual/fun

  • Service/Server/Bartender Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Tuna Tartare & Guacamole (appetizer) very good

-  Green Chile Corn Bread(appetizer) excellent

-  Grilled Swordfish Tacos (entree) very good

-  Grilled Ora King Salmon (entree) excellent

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Ghost Pepper Tequila (very good)

Basil Gimlet (very good)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

​Chelsea's Kitchen - IT'S HOT! Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!

Overall Rating 4.1

 4.4

4.1

 4.2

3.7

 4.4

3.8

YES

YES

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Ravens View Wind Bar (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in far N. Scottsdale

42016 N. Old Mine Road

Cave Creek, AZ 85331

(480) 378-3755

  • Points of Interest:

-  Trendy, casual, comfortable dining, and patio dining (trendy Arcadia)

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking right up front

  • Atmosphere Rating: Trendy/casual/comfortable

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: Subdued/casual/fun

  • Service/Server/Bartender Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Bavarian Pretzels (appetizer) good

-  Meatballs (sharables) excellent

-  Ahi Tuna TarTare (sharables) very good

-  Ahi Poke Bowl(sharables) excellent

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  House made Tequila (very good)

All Wines (excellent)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

​Ravens View - IT'S HOT! Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!

Overall Rating 4.3

 4.2

4.1

 4.2

3.8

 4.1

3.8

YES

NO

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Humble Bistro North Phoenix (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in N. Phoenix

5415High Street

Phoenix, AZ 85054

(480) 502-2121

  • Points of Interest:

-  Comfortable dining room, bar and patio dining

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking nearby

  • Atmosphere Rating: Casual/comfortable

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: Warm/casual/fun

  • Service/Server/Bartender Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Bistro Caprese (appetizer) very good

-  Brussels Sprouts (appetizer) very good

-  Maximus Pizza (entree) very good

-  Calabrian Shrimp (entree) very good

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Tequila with muddled jalapeno (excellent)

Hot saki of course (excellent)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

​Humble Bistro - IT'S HOT! Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!

Overall Rating 4.4

 4.4

4.5

 4.4

4.8

 4.4

3.9

YES

NO

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Rinaldi's Italian Deli (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in N. Scottsdale

16211 N. Scottsdale Road (Promenade Shopping Center)

Scottsdale, AZ 85254

(480) 607-3354

  • Points of Interest:

-  Very casual interior with patio dining available

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking nearby (and shopping)

  • Atmosphere Rating: Very casual

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: Casual/deli

  • Service/Server Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Homemade Meatball sandwich(entree) excellent

-  Homemade Cannoli (dessert) excellent

-  Breakfast Burrito (entree) excellent

  • Cost of dining/value: $$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

Rinaldi's Italian Deli - IT'S HOT! Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!

Overall Rating 4.58

 4.2

4.2

 4.8

4.8

 4.9

YES

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The White Chocolate Grill (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in N. Scottsdale

7000 E. Mayo Blvd.

Scottsdale, AZ 85054

(480) 563-3377

  • Points of Interest:

-  Comfortable dining room, patio, and lively bar

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking nearby

  • Atmosphere Rating: Casual/comfortable

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: Casual/fun

  • Service/Server Rating (Suzie behind the bar):

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna (appetizer) very good

-  Grilled Atlantic Salmon (entree) very good

-  Brussels Sprouts (side dish) very good

Silky Chocolate Souffle Cake (dessert) very good

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Tequila with muddled jalapeno (excellent)

Recommended Pinot Noir (excellent)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

 

The White Chocolate Grill - IT'S HOT! Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!

Overall Rating 4.47

 4.5

4.2

 4.5

4.9

 4.6

 4.1

YES

YES

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Pure Sushi Bar & Dining (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in N. Scottsdale

20567 N. Hayden Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 355-0999

  • Points of Interest:

-  Comfortable dining room and patio dining

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking nearby

  • Atmosphere Rating: Casual/comfortable

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: Casual/fun

  • Service/Server Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Flash fried calamari (appetizer) very good

-  Baked lobster roll (entree) very good

-  Chirashi Bowl (entree) very good

-  All Nigiri sushi (entree/appetizer) very good

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Tequila with muddled jalapeno (excellent)

Hot saki of, course (excellent)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

There are plenty of Sushi restaurants in Scottsdale, so why PureSimply put, it's great! Pure scored high marks in each of our categories and we find them to be consistently wonderful.

Pure Sushi Bar & Dining IT'S HOT! Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!

Overall Rating 4.42

 4.5

4.2

 4.5

4.8

 4.4

 4.1

YES

YES

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Tonto Bar & Grill (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in Cave Creek

5736 E. Rancho Manana Blvd.

Cave Creek, AZ 85331

(480) 488-0698

  • Points of Interest:

-  Comfortable patio dining (golf course views)

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking nearby

  • Atmosphere Rating: Casual/comfortable

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: Casual/senior (40's- 60's)

  • Service/Server Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Golden Corn Chowder (appetizer) very good

-  Buttermilk Fried Calamari (appetizer) average

-  Yakisoba Pasta (entree) good

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Tequila with muddled jalapeno (average)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

​Tonto Bar & Grill is average. Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!

Overall Rating 3.35

 4.2

3.7

 3.5

 2.5

 3.4

 2.8

NEUTRAL

YES

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Citizen Public House (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in Old Town Scottsdale

7111 E. 5th Avenue

Scottsdale, AZ 85251

       (480) 398-4208

  • Points of Interest:

-  Comfortable dining & lively/trendy bar scene

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Limited parking nearby

  • Atmosphere Rating: Casual/comfortable

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: Younger scene (20's/30's)

  • Service/Server Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Bacon Fat Heirloom Popcorn (appetizer) excellent

-  Beer Fondue with Sausage, Pear & Pretzel (appetizer) excellent

-  Pan Roasted Salmon (entree) excellent

-  Fair Trade Coffee Short Ribs (entree) excellent

-  Whiskey Bread Pudding (dessert) good

-  Chocolate Pot de Creme (dessert) excellent

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Tequila with muddled jalapeno (wonderful)

-  All wines from their list

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

Citizen Public House is wonderful! Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!

 4.4

4.0

 4.0

 4.5

 4.7

 4.2

YES

YES

Overall Rating 4.3

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Bandolero Cocina de Mexico (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in Gainey Village, Scottsdale

8977 N. Scottsdale Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85253

(480) 590-8180

  • Points of Interest:

-  Comfortable dining, lively bar scene, & spacious patio dining

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking nearby

  • Atmosphere Rating: Casual/comfortable/casual

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: Festive with live music

  • Service/Server Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Guacamole with pomegranate & roasted corn (appetizer) excellent

-  Bacon wrapped shrimp (appetizer) excellent

-  Panko Crusted Mahi Mahi Tacos (entree) excellent

-  Crab Stuffed Chili Relleno (entree) excellent

-  Whiskey Bread Pudding (dessert) good

-  Chocolate Pot de Creme (dessert) excellent

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Tequila with muddled jalapeno (wonderful)

-  Margarita (great tequila selection)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

We definitely recommend Bandolero for their flavorful dishes, their wonderful cocktails and their cozy atmosphere!

Enjoy Bandolero Cocina de Mexico. Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!

 4.6

4.4

 4.1

 4.3

 4.7

 3.6

YES

YES

Overall Rating 4.28

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SALT CELLAR RESTAURANT REVIEW AT SCOTTADALE ROAD.COM
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Salt Cellar (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in South Scottsdale

550 N. Hayden Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85257

(480) 947-1963

  • Points of Interest:

-  Very casual dining & casual bar scene/Happy Hour

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking adjacent to restaurant

  • Atmosphere Rating: Casual/comfortable

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: Low-key/casual

  • Service/Server Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Shrimp cocktail (appetizer) excellent

-  Maryland Soft-Shell Crabs (entree) excellent

-  Sauteed Sea Scallops (entree) excellent

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

  • -  Tequila with muddled jalapeno (average)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

 

Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!

 3.6

3.9

3.3

 4.5

 4.0

 3.5

NEUTRAL

YES

Overall Rating 3.8

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ZINC BISTRO RESTAURANT REVIEW AT SCOTTSDALE ROAD.COM
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Zinc Bistro (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in North Scottsdale, at Kierland Commons

15034 N. Scottsdale Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85254

(480) 603-0922

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  • Points of Interest:

-  Upscale casual dining, lively bar scene & great patio

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking adjacent to restaurant

  • Atmosphere Rating: Upscale casual/comfortable

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: Lively/casual

  • Service/Server Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Shellfish Tower (appetizer) excellent

-  Roasted Duck Breast (entree) excellent

-  Provencal Bouillabaisse (entree) excellent

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Tequila with muddled jalapeno (excellent)

-  Dirty Martini (excellent)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

Bon Appetit my fellow foodies! Zinc Bistro - It's Hot!

 4.1

3.9

4.3

 4.5

 4.2

 3.8

YES

Overall Rating 4.13

YES

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Culinary Dropout Scottsdale (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in North Scottsdale, in the Scottsdale Quarter

15125 N. Scottsdale Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85254

(480) 653-9701

  • Points of Interest:

-  Trendy-casual dining, lively bar scene, great patio & games

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking adjacent to restaurant

  • Atmosphere Rating: Trendy-casual/comfortable

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: Lively/casual

  • Service/Server Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Soft Pretzels & Cheese (appetizer) good

-  Onion Rings (appetizer) excellent

-  Gochujang Brussels Sprouts (appetizer) excellent

Detroit Style Pan Pizza  (entree) below average

-  Pub Burger (entree) good

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Tequila with muddled jalapeno (below average)

-  Draft beer (very good)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

 

Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!  Culinary Dropout is worth a try.

Overall Rating 3.38

 4.0

4.2

 3.0

 2.8

2.4

 3.9

NEGATIVE

YES

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LOCAL BISTRO RESTAURANT REVIEW AT SCOTTSDALE ROAD.COM
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Local Bistro (rating scale 1 - 5)

  • Located in North Scottsdale

20581 N. Hayden Road

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 302-6050

  • Points of Interest:

-  Trendy-casual dining, lively bar scene & great patio

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking adjacent to restaurant

  • Atmosphere Rating: Trendy-casual/comfortable

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: Lively/casual

  • Service/Server Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Drunken Bread (appetizer) excellent

-  Chopped Salad (appetizer) excellent

-  Tagliatelle Alla Bolognese Pasta (entree) excellent

-  Tiramisu (dessert) excellet

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Tequila with muddled jalapeno (good)

-  Red wine selection (excellent)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

 

Bon Appetit my fellow foodies!

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3.7

4.0

 3.8

 4.2

 3.8

YES

Overall Rating 3.92

YES

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ALL AMERICAN MODERN SPORTS GRILL RESTAURANT REVIEW AT SCOTTSDALE ROAD.COM
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All American Modern Sports Grill

  • Located in North Scottsdale

20751 N. Pima Road (located in DC Ranch)

Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 887-0652

  • Points of Interest: Trendy, modern, lively bar scene & patio

  • Ease of Access/Parking: Ample parking adjacent to restaurant

  • Atmosphere Rating: Trendy-casual/comfortable

  • Atmosphere Rating/Vibe: Lively/casual

  • Service/Server Rating:

  • Food Quality & Recommended Dishes:

-  Hand Crafted Wings (appetizer) very good

-  Buffalo Shrimp (appetizer) very good

-  All American Cheese Burger (entree) very good

-  Baby Back Ribs (entree) excellet

  • Recommended Cocktail/Wine:

-  Tequila with muddled jalapeno (good)

-  Red wine selection (excellent)

  • Cost of dining/value: $$$

  • Reservations: Yes/No/Not Necessary

  • Scottsdale Road Recommended:

 

All American Modern has a fantastic whiskey bar that's well worth the trip!

Bon Appetit my fellow foodies! Enjoy All American Sports Bar - It's Hot!

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3.9

4.0

 3.8

 4.2

 3.8

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Overall Rating 3.95

YES

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RICHARDSONS RESTAURANT REVIEW AT SCOTTSDALE ROAD.COM
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Richardson's/Rokerij Restaurant - February 27th, 2021:

We are happy to add yet another wonderful dining choice in the Scottsdale/Central Phoenix area. Richardson's/Rokerij Restaurant, which by the way are sister restaurants, serving nearly identical menus, and another one of the valley's tasty offerings.

Richardson's/Rokerij Restaurant is a cozy restaurant offering tasty New Mexican cuisine with a kick, and a whole lot of atmosphere. This casual dining establishment is about as cozy as you'll find in the area with its warm, inviting atmosphere, comfortable booths/tables and dimly-lit dining rooms. As an added bonus, take a quick walk down the stone encased stairwell to the Rokerij bar and enjoy a seat at the comfortable bar or in front of the roaring fire.  It's hot!

The food is spectacular, if truly unique Southwestern cuisine is what you fancy.  My meal started with a signature cocktail - Tequila, soda, muddled jalapeno and lime.  The flavors of the jalapeno, lime and tequila are a fantastic, refreshing combination.  A great way to start a meal and warm up the taste buds.

To begin, I had the Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos - these babies are large grilled jalapenos wrapped in bacon and stuffed with Asiago cheese. This amazing combination of smokey-bacon, cheese and jalapenos is delightful and filled with flavor. I love this choice and highly recommend it, but be careful as you just might catch one of the very hot jalapenos!

For my main course, I had the Grilled, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp. Did I say bacon again, you bet I did! If bacon is part of the equation you simply cannot go wrong!  These jumbo shrimp were grilled to smokey perfection and served with rice and beans atop a tortilla.  This is another must try and what I would consider a Richardson's/Rokerij signature dish!

 

Next, I tried the Pasta Heidi - this astounding pasta dish is prepared in a tomato, avocado, garlic cream sauce and packed with grilled chicken. As an added bonus, for those of you who love authentic New Mexican flavors, green chili linguini! Another home run and an absolute must try!

For dessert, I opted for yet another refreshing Tequila with muddled jalapeno and lime. What a great finish to a spectacular New Mexican feast.

Keep in mind, the menu at Richardson's/Rokerij is much more expansive than detailed here so you'll have to see for yourself. They offer everything from New Mexican Gumbo to Schnitzel, Surf and Turf and so much more - all with a New Mexican flare. While Richardson's/Rokerij is a definite must try, I recommend patience as our server was a bit slow with the refills. That said, she was knowledgeable with the menu and as friendly as can be. By the way, don't forget to make a reservation, you'll definitely need it as they tend to fill up fast and don't forget to go downstairs and enjoy cocktails by the romantic fireplace. Ask for Joel, he will take care of you with a smile and a generous pour!

Will I be going back to Richardson's/Rokerij again - YOU BET I WILL!

 

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The Living Room Wine Cafe & Lounge - November 21st, 2020:

What I love about The Living Room; well I love pretty much love everything about this place.  For what it is, I think it's one of SR's best picks in N. Scottsdale. It's got a hip vibe, a pretty crowd, great food, great cocktails, very comfortable living-room-like seating and great service/servers.

 

I started my dining experience with a Chicken Pesto Flatbread that was great! Crispy crust, moist chicken and a wonderful flavor. Next, for my entree, I ordered several sushi rolls, which by the way were fantastic! I recommend the K.I.G., the Poppin, and the Vegas rolls. For not being a "traditional sushi" restaurant, they've got fantastic rolls that did not disappoint. I'm guessing Tom Kaufman stole the chef from one of the local sushi restaurants or maybe he brought him over from Japan. Either way, the sushi was fabulous!

 

To finish my dining experience I had to try the Warm Pizza Cookie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce - AWESOME! Oh, and I didn't forget a bourbon on the rocks to round out the perfect meal, ah. . . the perfect ending to the perfect meal.

 

I recommend The Living Room for a host of reasons from the personal touch, Owner Tom Kaufman ads as he works the room and interacts with his patrons, to its fabulous atmosphere.  The bar staff is good and always friendly. Did I mention, this is a great date spot and can only add to the romantic experience you might have already planned?

There's nothing I don't like about the Living Room! Give it a try, it won't disappoint!

Link to Living Room Blog

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